Record Details

NHER Number:23084
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Late Saxon settlement and multi-period finds


This is the site of a Late Saxon settlement, which developed in the area around St Mary's Church (NHER 7297) in the 9th and 10th centuries. The settlement site continues under NHER 23085. Field walking recovered prehistoric flints, and pottery dating from the Middle Saxon to the post medieval periods.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9013 1219
Map Sheet:TF91SW

Full description

July 1986. Field L71. Field walking, poor conditions in maize 20cm high; later a little more weathered.
Thetford and Ipswich ware.
Medieval sherds including Grimston.
Post medieval sherds.
See (S1).
Found and identified by A. Rogerson (NAU)
E. Rose (NAU) 20 November 1986.

2 base sherds from context 6 (found July 1986) re-examined.
One is Ipswich, the other possibly Middle Saxon.
See (S1).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 24 May 1999.

This site, and site NHER 23085, are recorded as LS2 in (S2). A small nucleated settlement grew up in the area around Little Fransham church in the 9th and 10th centuries, but was abandoned by 1100, as settlement gradually shifted towards the edges of the commons.
See (S2) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 19 December 2005

Monument Types

  • SETTLEMENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fransham Survey. L71. AJGR.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fransham Field Walking Boxfile.
<S2>Thesis: Rogerson, A.. 1995. Fransham: an archaeological and historical study of a parish on the Norfolk boulder clay.

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